Monday, August 04, 2008

Take it from the top in the 'bird's nest'

Volunteers wait outside the Bird's Nest during a Saturday rehearsal of the Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Beijing Games organizers staged a dress rehearsal on Saturday night for the Aug. 8 Opening Ceremony. Associated Press reports that more than 10,000 performers, along with high-tech wizardry, are to be showcased.

Fireworks illuminated the skyline during the run-through, giving Beijing residents and visitors a pyrotechnic preview of the 3-1/2-hour extravaganza.

The 90,000-seat "bird's nest" was filled with family members and friends of performers. Some journalists were invited on the condition that they not reveal anything about the ceremony.

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